Canada 150: Immigration

Immigration is one of the central themes in Canadian history. While many came to Canada to pursue economic opportunity, others arrived because of an urgent need to flee persecution. Hear the diverse stories of the many who have come to Canada in search of a new home.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 21 Titles
Canada: A People's History, Episode 11: The Great Transformation
  • 2000
  • 01:46:20
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 11: The Great Transformation

Massive waves of immigration, a headlong economic boom with the growth of prairie agriculture and urban industry transform Canada between 1896 and 1915. Those who shape the new society include peasants from Eastern Europe, in search of free land; socialists who try to mobilize an emerging urban working class; and campaigners for temperance and women's suffrage. The dizzying pace of ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Changing Canada’s Immigration Rules
  • 2008
  • 00:12:49
  • 13-14

News in Review - May 2008
Changing Canada’s Immigration Rules

In late March 2008, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced that it wanted to make some major changes to Canada’s immigration laws. The changes would give the government the power to fast-track some applications, while refusing to even consider others. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at the proposed legislation and why it is so controversial.
Chinese Boat People: Human Cargo
  • 1999
  • 00:13:03
  • 13-14

News in Review - October 1999
Chinese Boat People: Human Cargo

In a nation that was built by people escaping harsh conditions in search of a better life, immigration and refugee policies have been issues about which many Canadians often feel ambivalent or perplexed. When illegal migrants land on our shores unexpectedly and under harsh conditions, our principles and sympathies can be severely put to the test. Determining what is the ...
Generation One: Living in Two Worlds
  • 2012
  • 00:13:55
  • 13-14

News in Review - April 2012
Generation One: Living in Two Worlds

Canada is a country of immigrants who help change the country and who are in turn changed by it. In this News in Review story we look at the so-called Generation One, children of immigrants who were born in Canada but are still heavily influenced by the cultures and traditions of the countries where their parents once lived.
Gypsies in Canada: The Promised Land?
  • 1997
  • 00:10:59
  • 13-14

News in Review - December 1997
Gypsies in Canada: The Promised Land?

Gypsies from the Czech Republic recently started to look to Canada as a haven from what they claim is institutionalized persecution in their homeland. The story from both sides of the Atlantic.
Karen Refugees: Fleeing Burma's Forgotten War
  • 2006
  • 00:21:19
  • 13-14

The National
Karen Refugees: Fleeing Burma's Forgotten War

In recent years, Canada has accepted 2,000 Karen people in to the country. The Karen make up about seven percent of the population of Myanmar, formally known as Burma, and for decades they've been fighting what's called the Forgotten War with the Burmese military. Patrick Brown introduces us to a Karen woman and her family as they leave behind a ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 1 of 4)
  • 2002
  • 00:43:20
  • 13-14

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng)
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 1 of 4)

They are refugees and immigrants from around the globe. Some have just arrived, while others have been here for a while and are trying to balance the customs and traditions of the old world with the joys and the challenges of a new and sometimes puzzling place. It is a story told over half a year and in six different ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 2 of 4)
  • 2002
  • 00:42:56
  • 13-14

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng)
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 2 of 4)

They are refugees and immigrants from around the globe. Some have just arrived, while others have been here for a while and are trying to balance the customs and traditions of the old world with the joys and the challenges of a new and sometimes puzzling place. It is a story told over half a year and in six different ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 3 of 4)
  • 2002
  • 00:42:52
  • 13-14

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng)
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 3 of 4)

They are refugees and immigrants from around the globe. Some have just arrived, while others have been here for a while and are trying to balance the customs and traditions of the old world with the joys and the challenges of a new and sometimes puzzling place. It is a story told over half a year and in six different ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 4 of 4)
  • 2002
  • 00:42:35
  • 13-14

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng)
Landed: Six New Lives in Canada (Part 4 of 4)

They are refugees and immigrants from around the globe. Some have just arrived, while others have been here for a while and are trying to balance the customs and traditions of the old world with the joys and the challenges of a new and sometimes puzzling place. It is a story told over half a year and in six different ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Nova Scotia's Shrinking Population Woes
  • 2015
  • 00:07:11
  • 13-14

The National
Nova Scotia's Shrinking Population Woes

With its slow growth rate and aging population, Nova Scotia needs immigrants. But some argue it is not getting its fair share of them.
  • Added on: 01/05/2016
Once an Immigrant
  • 2017
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14

Firsthand
Once an Immigrant New

What is Canadian identity? And how do the children of immigrants relate to the country they were born in, often thousands of miles from the place their parents and ancestors would call home? Peter Keleghan is a renowned actor and uber-patriotic first generation Canadian. His Irish mother and Polish father have complex relationships to their adoptive homeland, and the homes ...
  • Added on: 01/26/2017
Pier 21: The Journey to New Beginnings
  • 1999
  • 00:58:09
  • 13-14

CBC News Special
Pier 21: The Journey to New Beginnings

Pier 21, on the Halifax waterfront, is now the last standing immigration shed in Canada. Between 1928 and 1971, more than one million Canadians, many of them war brides, refugees and children, first set foot on Canadian soil at Pier 21. A visit to the remarkable Pier 21 museum begins this documentary. The spectrum of immigrant experiences are examined: the ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Prairie Dream
  • 2000
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14

The National
Prairie Dream

The Canadian Prairies at the beginning of the 1900s were bustling with the anticipation of new settlers, and hundreds of newly freed slaves in Oklahoma joined the migration. They came to this country expecting freedom to pursue a life of happiness. They built lives, homes and communities, but they also found discrimination. Lee Williams, as chairman of the railway porters' ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Refugees in Canada: Getting Through the Door
  • 1994
  • 00:13:26
  • 13-14

News in Review - March 1994
Refugees in Canada: Getting Through the Door

Canada's record as a welcoming host nation for refugees and its current immigration policies are examined.
Syrian Arrivals: Canada Welcomes the First Refugees
  • 2016
  • 00:19:08
  • 13-14

News in Review - February 2016
Syrian Arrivals: Canada Welcomes the First Refugees

Canada is bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the deadline of February 29. This News in Review story looks at the process to bring the refugees here from neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. We also meet the students of an Ontario public school preparing for the arrival of a family they are sponsoring.
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Lessons from Vietnamese Boat People
  • 2015
  • 00:05:33
  • 13-14

CBC News Now
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Lessons from Vietnamese Boat People

As desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa make their way across Europe, many in Canada are reminded of another refugee crisis that hit close to home. In the late '70s and early '80s, Canada took in 60,000 refugees, at the time often called the "Vietnamese boat people." CBC reporter Judy Trinh was four years old when her family ...
  • Added on: 10/02/2015
Syrian Refugees: Resettling the Farwans​
  • 2016
  • 00:19:24
  • 13-14

News in Review - October 2016
Syrian Refugees: Resettling the Farwans​

In late 2015 to 2016, Canada opened its doors to more than 31,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland. Many newcomers left everything behind to get their family to safety. The Farwans are one such family who resettled in Lethbridge, Alberta. Mother, father and eight children are starting life over in a foreign land. The CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault spent time ...
The Fifty-Sixers
  • 2006
  • 00:44:33
  • 15-17

CBC | Radio-Canada Documentary
The Fifty-Sixers

It started as one of the brightest moments in the history of the Cold War and ended as one of the darkest. It resulted in the largest group of immigrants ever accepted by Canada from one country at one time. It left an imprint on our land that will be felt for decades to come. This documentary is the story ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
The journey from Syria to Canada
  • 2015
  • 00:05:06
  • 13-14

CBC News Now
The journey from Syria to Canada

Danny Ramadan fled war-torn Syria in 2011 and eventually came to Vancouver in September 2014.
  • Added on: 09/17/2015
Voyage of the Black Dragon
  • 2014
  • 00:44:59
  • 13-14

The Fifth Estate
Voyage of the Black Dragon

It was a desperate gamble: more than 130 Chinese migrants spent months in squalid conditions below the deck of an old fishing boat, risking their lives for a chance for a better life in America. But those dreams were defeated when the crew of the Black Dragon left them stranded on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia ...
  • Added on: 05/12/2014

Guides

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Changing Canada's Immigration Rules

Changing Canada's Immigration Rules

Chinese Boat People: Human Cargo

Chinese Boat People: Human Cargo

Generation One: Living in Two Worlds

Generation One: Living in Two Worlds

NIR-16-02 - Syrian Arrivals: Canada Welcomes the First​ ​Refugees

NIR-16-02 - Syrian Arrivals: Canada Welcomes the First​ ​Refugees

NIR-16-10 - Syrian Refugees: Resettling the Farwans

NIR-16-10 - Syrian Refugees: Resettling the Farwans